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Antique Ewer with a Handle in the Shape of Two Snakes encircling a Man Holding a Sea Shell by his Mouth to form the Spout, from a series of Vases after the Antique

Artist:
Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara)
Published in:
Rome
Date:
1543
Medium:
Engraving [early edition of the first state]
Dimensions:
Plate: 11 1/4 × 7 7/8 in. (28.5 × 20 cm)
Classifications:
Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.50.1(32)
Not on view
Antique ewer with a handle in the shape of two snakes encircling a man holding a sea shell by his mouth to form the spout. Below the shell is a small putto who holds up a plate waiting to receive the content of the ewer. The body of the ewer is decorated with acanthus scrolls and terminal figures holding up a tablet with the letters S.P.Q.R. From a series of vase designs after the Antique, first published by Enea Vico in 1543, and later included in a composite series with other designs by Agostino Veneziano by Antonio Lafreri dated circa 1573 based on its presence in Lafreri’s catalogue.
Inscription: From left to right and top to bottom: '1...' (pen and ink); '3' (pencil); '32' (pencil); '‘ROMAE AB ANTIQVO REPERTVM. (…) M.D.XXXXIII’; ‘AEV’ [in a tablet]; 'V'; 'B. 423' (Bartsch reference by Destailleur); 'No 10' (pencil - numbering by Destailleur)
Hippolyte-Alexandre-Gabriel-Walter Destailleur (French, Paris, 1822–1893); Vendor: G. Rapilly & Fils
B.XV.351.423;TIB.30.262.423; Miller 1999, cat. no. 68a, pl. V
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